The summer garden! Blazing heat brings a glorious bounty of edible blossoms, vegetables and fruit, sometimes too much to handle!
It's not difficult to have a beautiful garden in summer. Here are some tips which can help:
Put in suitable plants for your heat zone and rainfall -- trying to grow desert plants in the tropics (or vice versa) probably won't work well.
Make sure you have proper irrigation -- not too much for your drought-tolerant plants, yet enough for your thirstier ones.
Be sure someone will be home to water and harvest when you go on vacation or away for the holidays.
Be vigilant to remove weeds and damaged or dead plant parts at once -- this will keep your yard looking clean and tidy.
The best times to take care of your garden in the summer are early morning (before it gets too hot) and during twilight, that time after the sun has set but before it gets dark.
Watering during the late afternoon and early evening gives your plants all night to recover from the heat of the day and will prevent leaf burn from droplets of water left on the plant's leaves, which act like magnifying glasses during the day.
Here's how it works:
Entries are given points for:
All of each month's entries which come from locations which are currently in Summer will be entered into the Summer Gardens contest!
The winner will get a $5.00 USD gift certificate to the online garden center of their choice, a tangible item (TBA) which will be shipped to them, and a badge for their website or blog. (plus bragging rights!)
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